Educating in science never got this innovative in the Northeastern: an interactive glass wall the third of a football field, live insects crawl up your sleeves and an immersive theater that pull you away from space and time are just three of the unique promises the American Museum of Natural History proposed when engaging in the Richard Gilder Center for Science, Education and Innovation.
After 145 years of exploration and scientific research, the Museum develops new educational programs and exhibits to be offered at the Gilder Center, focusing on STEM learning and the empowerment of students and people that get inspired as they discover the new and the latest on planet Earth.
At a moment when science-based advancement helps most take informed decisions about the environment, human health, workplace preparedness and global competitiveness, the 235,000-square-foot green building, expected to open in 2020, will be the home where educators and visitors experience 21st-century science with no mediators.
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It’s a 21,000-square-foot glass wall that will vertically connect with all five floors in the building. Visitors will be able to observe, interact with and conduct research on fossils, meteorites, fishes and others, as they go through 3.9 million specimens to be exhibit. It will house nearly 10% of the Museum’s collection.
After 50 years, its he first gallery the Museum dedicates to the animals most have the worst perception on. With human scale sculptures and living creatures in a 5,000-square-foot space, this vivero will display the complexity and critical need for insects to sustain the environment and maintain human health diseases under control. Scientific tools and laboratories will magnify the beauty of insects.
Invisible Worlds Immersive Theater
Augmented and virtual reality alters human perception in a chamber for modern science. The new theater will present a compelling understanding of nature’s invisible. Molecules and friction can be visualized in a space where nothing is too fast or too slow or too distant or too long ago to be able to experience.
The Gilder Center is a 340 million dollar project approved by the New York City Landmarks Prevention Commission. In the West Coast, the California Academy of Science goes deep in reef revealing, organizes sleepovers with penguins and takes care of the albino alligator called Claude.